After exploring our gorgeous hotel for the long weekend, we hit the streets on New York. We had blow drys booked at The dry bar to start to day so we took a walk through the nearby financial district on the way to our appointments.
It was incredible to see how much its changed since I was last here. The new world trade center train station is absolutely stunning and definitely worth a stop if you like architecture.
I do think that a blow dry is the prefect start to the weekend, and the dry bar is my go to blow dry bar when im in NYC. Its so simple and easy and the staff are always so fun and easy to chat to.
After some very fabulous blow drys we walked up through to Soho to Dominique Ansel bakery to introduce the girls to blossoming hot chocolates and cronuts. I wrote about the London Dominique Ansel here if you fancy taking a look.
Iv decided that Autumn might just be my favorite season to visit NYC as its the perfect temperature and everywhere is decorated for the holidays. I just loved all the different types of pumpkins and squashes everwhere.
The cronuts really are worth the visit. I had the October (monthly special) Cranberry Pistachio Cronut filled with homemade cranberry jam and pistachio ganache. It was absolutely incredible
After a little more exploring we headed to lunch at Balthazar. Iv been visiting Balthazar for around 8 years now and am a massive fan of the french onion soup (you can thank me later). As the girls hadn't been before it was the perfect Saturday afternoon spot for a bottle of wine and lunch.
I was actually amazed at how incredibly busy Balthazar still is after all these years. I'm clearly not the only one which french onion soup cravings.
On a serious note I definitely recommend making a reservation if your time precious. If not pull up a seat by the bar, order a bottle of your favorite and people watch until a table becomes available.
Trust us to fall upon an English specialty shop, and naturally we HAD to get a shot. I have it on good authority they sell the absolute best homemade pork pies BTW.
After lunch we walked through the meat packing district down to Chelsea market. If you haven't been and are in any way a foodie, I absolutely recommend adding it to you to visit list next time you’re in NYC. It is just the loveliest indoor market in such a cool part of New York.
I hope you enjoyed day one of our girls trip to NYC, check back later this week for more
We woke up as early as humanly possible the next day after a fabulous first night in NYC, and decided to check out the hotel and head down for breakfast.
Beautifully styled, the most impressive part of the hotel for me (apart from the pink velvet sofa of dreams) was the 9 story atrium which is a true show stopper. With Victorian ironwork and flourishes throughout, its definitely a hotel with personality.
With beautiful jewel toned velvet furniture and bohemian Esq floral arrangements I kept finding things to love
I have to say, from a design point of view The Beekman Hotel is the prefect place to stay for a girl weekend. Its fun, stylish and totally Instagram friendly. Not far from Brooklyn bridge, its great for exploring downtown Manhattan.
We headed for breakfast at the rather fancy and decadent temple court, which was perfect for planning our next few days in the city.
Its all stained glass windows and chandeliers fabulousity
I ordered the banana bread french toast which was absolutely incredible, and the prefect (but a bit naughty) start to the day. Along with about 20 coffees to help with my extreme tiredness
Every detail of the interiors was total goals, and felt sumptuous and decadent with impeccable attention to deal. The Beekman has fast become one of my favorite places to stay when in New York City.
See, I wasn't joking about that pink sofa of dreams (is it wrong that this was a big influence in the "where should we stay talks" ...
We had a fabulous time at The Beekman hotel, its somewhere id definitely recommend staying if your planning a trip to NYC
Check back for more NYC posts coming this week
Christmas movie night is a time-honored tradition in our home. We take it very seriously... I'm talking movies scheduled by day, festive snack bars, hot chocolate and roaring fireplaces. There's nothing like switching the world off, cosying up in your own family bubble and getting lost in the magic of a movie. And movies don't come more magical than festive ones.
Whats even better is, with technology where it is today you don't even need to leave your own home. You can turn your own space into a luxury cinema with all the trimming. Panasonic has some amazing high definition televisions, with the most beautifully bright, colorful display.
Please Santa...all I want for Christmas is a 4k led TV Panasonic under my tree!
So here they are ... My top 10 must-see Christmas movies
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is just a quintessential Christmas movie in Casa Belle. A perfect Christmas morning film with all of its colour, sparkle and the underlying message about what's important in life along with the fact that the toddler version of the Grinch is the cutest thing ever and I totally identify with Martha may who in the Christmas light scene...
Here a different take on the absolute classic "A Christmas carol". We have watched this movie religiously every Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. A little bit of a darker Christmas movie, but every year it never fails to amuse us, and Bill Murray is absolute perfection in this role
Firstly id watch the holiday just to swoon at Cameron Diaz winter wardrobe and perfectly highlighted blonde hair. And then id watch it to swoon at the snow-draped cottage in the cots wolds. Throw in all the festivities and I'm jiggling all the way
National lampoons Christmas vacation
This is our boxing day go to and It was actually my husband that introduced me to this movie. In my book, its the finest Christmas comedy of them all! Chevy’s madcap speech at the dinner table is an all-time classic.
Miracle on 34th street
Whilst I do love both versions of this movie, I actually only watched the original version last year at The Berkeley hotel winter cinema and now its just one of my favourite movies ever. If your looking for something cuddly, timeless and absolutely wholesome miracle on 34th street is the one
Yet another absolute favorite. Will Ferrell’s (we are big will Ferrell fans in our home) overgrown-child persona hilariously complements this comedy about a guileless giant elf searching for his dad in NYC. Its such a creative take on a Christmas movie and has something for every age... Adorable
An absolute classic and another that we watch every year without fail. There really is something about movies set in New York City that really add something extra festive for me. I guess a trip to New York for Christmas has to be added to my travel bucket list. Anyway, if you haven't seen this oldie but goodie watch it now and thank me later
I can't decide which of the home alone movies that I love most, so I say watch them both. Home alone is set in the most festive of Christmas homes while home alone 2 is set against the oh so festive backdrop of NYC. I just love the part where Kevin orders the giant ice cream at the Plaza hotel. Did you know you can actually order the Home Alone at the plaza hotel and Fulfill your Kevin McAllister
Michelle Pfeiffer is absolute perfection as cat woman (I was totally obsessed with cat woman g from the TV series while growing up) so when Pfeiffer played the character in the movie I was delighted). Set in a super Christmassy and magical Gotham this is a perfect festive movie to get you feeling jolly.
A Christmas Carol
The ultimate Christmas movie. The one that Christmas just wouldn't be the same without, needs no introduction. Just a little reminder of its sheer festive power. There’s something oddly comforting about watching the snow fall in black and white.
What's on you're must-watch list this Christmas? Id love to hear all about your festive picks
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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